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Bob Newhart headlines The Paramount Theatre on Oct. 5

Photo by Howie Grapek
Young and old alike will enjoy a performance by the great Bob Newhart. Don't miss this performance on Friday, Oct. 5 at The Paramount Theatre.

Bob Newhart is set to perform at The Paramount Theatre on Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($69.50 - $89.50) are available online at ParamountLive.org and at The Paramount Theatre Box Office located in downtown Rutland, VT. Charge by phone orders can be placed by calling 802-775-0903.

Bob Newhart's career has spanned two successful television shows, fourteen feature films, sold millions of albums worldwide and still performs to sell-out crowds all over the country. Fans flock to Bob's live performances to hear such Newhart standards as The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh, and The Submarine Commander. These timeless classics are enjoyed by young and old alike in sold-out concert halls across America.

And yet, Bob's career began, in a quite unassuming fashion while working as an accountant in Chicago. Bob, being bored with his accounting work, would call Ed Gallagher, a friend from a suburban Chicago Stock Company and improvise comedy routines. It was suggested that they record and syndicate them. They did and were imminently unsuccessful. Ed, an advertising executive, was offered a job in New York and accepted it, leaving Bob with the difficult job of going it alone. He knocked around Chicago finding occasional work in voiceovers and commercials while still writing additional material. Through a friendship with disc jockey Dan Sorkin, Bob met with the head of Warner Brother's Records, who upon hearing Bob's material offered him a recording contract.
And so, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" came into being, which became the first comedy album to go to #1 on the charts.

He was an immediate sell-out in nightclubs and theater stages all over America. Seven more albums followed, each extremely successful multi-platinum projects. In fact, Bob's cumulative recording career earned him three Grammys. As proof of this, his record for holding the number 1 & 2 Billboard chart positions was not broken until recently. It is still ranked as the 20th Best Selling album of all time, according to Billboard.

Bob has enjoyed tremendous success in television and films as well. He earned an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work on the "Bob Newhart Variety Show" which was quickly followed by the phenomenal success of "The Bob Newhart Show"(1972 - 1978) and "Newhart" (1982 - 1990). He has appeared in over 14 feature films and has starred with the likes of Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Barbara Streisand, Kevin Kline, Reese Witherspoon, Will Ferrell and Tom Selleck. In 2005, Bob began his recurring role in the prime-time TV hit, "Desperate Housewives". He was also honored with the distinction of being heralded as an "American Master" by the PBS documentary.